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Fabulous Writing Quotes

Andre Gide: 
Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason.

Charles Caleb Colton
Our admiration of fine writing will always be in proportion to its real difficulty and its apparent ease.

Robert Frost
Poets need not go to Niagara to write about the force of falling water.

Raymond Chandler
The faster I write the better my output. If I’m going slow I’m in trouble. It means I’m pushing the words instead of being pulled by them.

Samuel Johnson: 
The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.

Bulwer-Lytton: 
The pen is mightier than the sword.

John Osborne:

Asking a writer what he thinks about criticism is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs.

Ben Franklin: 
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

Socrates: Writing 
Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.

Flannery O’Connor: 
Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them.

Elie Wiesel
Write only if you cannot live without writing. Write only what you alone can write.

Sholem Asch
Writing comes more easily if you have something to say.

Jules Renard
Writing is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to those who have none.

Stephen Leacock
Writing is no trouble: you just jot down ideas as they occur to you. The jotting is simplicity itself – it is the occurring which is difficult.

Jack London: 
You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.

F. Scott Fitzgerald
You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you’ve got something to say.

“You must write your first draft with your heart.  You rewrite with your head.  The first key to writing is to write, not to think!”
Finding Forrester (2000) – William Forrester (Sean Connery)

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Novelist meets French rock star, prepare for the sparkles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rock star or husband – which would you choose?

Lost in your time, based in Paris, out on the 28th March

Ah, the dangers of the internet! We’ve all been warned, but do we take notice?

When Natasha clicks on a link, her whole life is turned upside down. A flash from the past, a chance meeting with a gorgeous French rock star…

A chance to start over and forget the pain and misery from the last two years.

But can Natasha let go? Will she accept this new twist in her life?

 

Elle’s chatty and engaging style invites us in to share Nat’s thoughts and feelings as she comes to terms with another of life’s twists. Will she choose happiness or duty? Or are they one and the same?

Jae De Wylde Minshall Novelist

 

Review copies are available, use contact form, thank you.

Posted by Indio Press.

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Author to author with Jeannie Walker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today I’m delighted to introduce the lovely Jeannie Walker. I met her on Goodreads and she has an incredible tale to share with you.

Jeannie Walker is the author of “Fighting the Devil” – A True Story of Consuming Passion, Deadly Poison, and Murder

 

Jeannie Walker “I wrote Fighting the Devil to speak for my millionaire ex-husband, who no longer has a voice. He was murdered in an unthinkable and horrendous way. I am the mother of his only children. We are now Crime Victims in a Criminal Justice System that does not always work for the victims.

 

1.     How much does real life inspire or shape your writing?

Real life has always inspired me because truth is stranger than fiction.

2.     What is your biggest ambition?

Right now, it would be getting my book made into a movie.

3.     What would you like people to remember most about you?

That I have written something that helped them in some way.

4.     Marketing, a necessary evil?

Yes, marketing is a necessary evil. If we don’t market our own products – who will? And who knows it better than the author?

5.    Best piece of advice ever?

Read a lot of books. Reading helps writers become better at the trade.

6.    First person or third person?

I like writing in first person, but it is hard because that means I must bare my soul in order to be honest. 

 

Thanks Jeannie, so agree with you. Reading is essential. I do think as writers, we always bare our souls a little, or more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can find out more about the author here:

My Website: http://jeanniewalkerbooks.com

My Blog: http://jeannie-walker.blogspot.com

Amazon Author Link: http://amzn.to/x4wWRX

Amazon “Fighting the Devil”: http://amzn.to/e4loGz

Amazon “The Rain Snake’: http://amzn.to/yJEZCR

 

 

Jeannie has also published a short story, “The rain snake.”
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To cut a long story short ( the art of the novel )

” What’s in store for me in the direction I don’t take ? ” is one of my favourite quotes from Jack Kerouac, especially at times of uncertainty, when I’ve been procrastinating  or simply struggling to make a decision.

I remember putting this quote once on a social network and many people  said they couldn’t understand it. I thought it was  abundantly clear. Trouble is, many people want everything explained to them.

It reminds me of this wonderful quote in ” The little prince ” by Antoine de Saint – Exupéry : ” Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them. ”

It is the same for books, songs, poems which some people tend to over analyse, sometimes competing with others because they feel they’re the ones who’ve broken some code.

Either you get it or you don’t. When I hear a song or read a book, it has to talk to me, provoke some reaction. Sure over time, a song or a book might take a different meaning, another dimension, especially as you grow up, mature and experience the many adventures and lessons life throws your way.

I’m not one to deliberately write with fancy words. People often comment that I write from the heart which I consider to be a huge compliment. I am a very instinctive writer and when I do rewrite and edit, it’s never  in a quest of  finding  words that will make me appear intelligent or sophisticated.

Recently, I was reading an interview of Brett Easton Ellis in which he explains his frustration at having to explain , justify what he tweets.

He also made this comment : talking about technology : “There are some tweets out there that say what needs to be said in about 140 characters, while certain writers who literally masturbate for 400 pages fail to say [it] as succinctly.”

This particular comment struck a chord with me. So it’s blunt and to the point, no explanations needed !

Such a shame I find when you read a book that sounded promising only to find it goes on and on. I’m left thinking why this is the case, why the excessively long and boring passages. Perhaps it’s to please the publishing industry ?

People often ask how many words should a novel have.

I find this question both absurd and impossible to answer. It is not the number of words that makes up a good novel but rather the plot, the characters and the emotion they convey. After all, that is all that matters surely ? Who cares how many words it took to write it, either it’s a good story or it isn’t, however long or short.

What do you think /

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise.  The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.  ~Sylvia Plath

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Author to Author with Jae De Wylde

 

Interview with Jae De Wylde, author of The Thinking Tank

I met Jae through my publisher, she’s a very friendly lady and talented writer. I’m thrilled to ask her a few questions for my blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Any writing quirks? 

Oh my goodness – so many. I guess the most annoying one – and irritating for my husband, is that I have to have the whole house clean and tidy in order to be able to settle to writing – bonkers, hey? But if there is something that needs to be done on the domestic front, I just cannot concentrate until it’s sorted. However, the upshot of this is that my house sparkles the whole time that I am immersed in a novel!

Where do you most like to write? 

I have an old chaise longue that has migrated from house to house and room to room – but wherever it is, that’s where I like to write. I do also enjoy writing in coffee shops though. I spent lots of time in a well-known brand place in Town Centre Dubai when we lived over there – they were so lovely to me.

How much does real life inspire or shape your writing? 

I have had quite a lot of life’s so-called T-shirts. I think you bring your thoughts, feelings, and senses to your work, as well as familiar places – but keep it rooted firmly in fiction. Real life would be in danger of being far too pedestrian told as it is. That said, The Thinking Tank was conceived when I had to spend two hours per day, five days a week in a hyperbaric oxygen tank (see my blog ‘Life’s Crappy Stuff’ for details).

Are you a disciplined writer? Do you make yourself sit down every day or do you write in bursts? 

When I am properly in the flow I make myself write 1500 words a day, 5 days per week plus I always edit the previous day’s work. If I don’t manage my target, I make up for it at weekends and never let myself off the hook

The dreaded writer’s block, have you been struck with it or blissfully spared? 

I have been lucky to have been spared thus far. Sometimes the first 20 minutes or so of what I write just has to be scrapped – but then I get in the zone and I become very uncommunicative for a few hours!

What do you like best about writing? 

Discovering what’s going to happen next! No – seriously, I have tried planning until the very last page but in reality, the characters just take over to the extent that I can’t wait to see how it ends. Characters just develop as you go along – so what you had intended for them no longer suits their personality – it’s fascinating. There’s a huge twist in my plot, which just kind of wrote itself. Honestly!

The Thinking Tank is available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle, in all branches of Walkers and through branches of Waterstones and Waterstones.com

www.jaedewylde.com

Also available through: www.expatbookshop.com

Facebook: Jae De Wylde/ Twitter: @jaedewylde

Blog: Life’s Crappy Stuff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bio:

Half Dutch and born between the in-and-out gates of a distillery on the borders of Wandsworth and Battersea, way before the area became chic, I loved the whole London culture vibe as I was growing up. I went to Grey Coat Hospital Girls’ Grammar School in Victoria (a real privilege – I am grateful for the experience to this day), and then on to read BA Jt Hons Modern Languages at the University of Bristol. I loved my early career as a Modern Languages (French and German) teacher, working in both the state and private sector. Writing has been in my blood for as long as I can remember. Following on from freelance journalism, my work as Editor for Travelsphere holidays was fantastic – travel is a great passion and I am blessed to have done a lot of it, and to have lived for a spell in Spain and in The Middle East. I also enjoyed editing Embrace Magazine for a couple of years – an intensely busy time, bonkers but good. Life has not all been easy. When one of the closest people to me died I thought that the world would end and it almost did. When I surfaced, I realised that it had simply changed forever, and decided to honour her memory with the passion I try to inject into everything I do. The Thinking Tank was inspired by a desire to turn life’s crappy stuff into something meaningful and enriching…our past doesn’t always have to dictate our future. I am now living in Lincolnshire with my husband and two chihuahuas.

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